By: John M Jerva
As much as we hoped that Arnold Schwarzenegger would suit you one more time as the iconic Conan the Barbarian line he has teased for years, sadly it looks like that will never happen. Fortunately, fans might have something to hope for as it’s being reported that Netflix is developing a new and epic live action series based on the character per Deadline.
Per Nellie Andreeva at Deadline: “I hear the project, from Fredrik Malmberg and Mark Wheeler’s Pathfinder Media, is the first in a deal between Netflix and Conan Properties International, owned by Malmberg’s Cabinet Entertainment. The pact gives Netflix the exclusive option to acquire rights to the Conan literary library and develop works across TV and film, both live-action and animated.”
The article also states that a search is now active to find a show runner/ writer for the project along with a director so it might be some time before we hear about any casting choices but I’m sure fans have their ideas if Arnie isn’t going to do it. Jason Momoa was the last to play Conan in 2011 but that film didn’t gel with the public and it was a one and done. Schwarzenegger is the most recognizable star to okay Conan as there have been TV adaptations as well.
Some history about Conan from the article says “Pulp fiction author Howard introduced Conan the Barbarian, aka Conan the Cimmerian, in a series of short stories, first published in 1932 in Weird Tales magazine. The Conan stories ushered in a new genre of writing: Sword and Sorcery. Through the years the original tales have inspired over a thousand comic books, one hundred novels, three feature films, two television series, multiple video games, and a vast range of collectibles, toys, and more, worldwide.”
I’m sure fans will be vocal with whomever they choose to pick up the sword once more so it should bode interesting to say the least how this all plays out. One thing for certain, with Conan coming to Netflix, we can expect mass amounts of graphic, violent action and nudity to go along with this version.
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